BUTLER, Pa. – In an instant classic, Karns City completed a 15-0 regular season by twice coming from behind to beat “visiting” Moniteau, 5-4, in nine innings at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.
(Photo of Karns City’s Logan Pistorius. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa’s work here)
Logan Pistorius’ two-out, two-strike single to left in the bottom of the ninth scored Connor Schaffner from third with the winning run, as the Gremlins rallied from a 4-3 deficit going into its final at-bat to win the game.
That after Karns City scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings tied at three.
Moniteau (14-4) had rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to take the 3-2 lead on a two-out Wyatt Geibel single in the fifth.
But in the seventh, Cameron Blair and Jake Weckerly had back-to-back doubles with one out to tie the game at three.
The Warriors, after escaping a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the eighth for Karns City, retook the lead, 4-3, in the top of the ninth when Jake Jewart doubled with two outs, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Nick Sosigian single to center.
Karns City, though, was right back at it in the bottom of the ninth.
Blair led off the inning with an infield single, and Weckerly walked.
Schaffner failed to get a sac bunt down with Moniteau taking the out at third, but, after a passed ball, Steve O’Donnell walked to load the bases. Weckerly then scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Nolan Riley with Schaffner taking third and O’Donnell remaining at first.
Moniteau elected to intentionally walked Tyler Yough to bring up Pistorius, who came through with the winning hit.
Pistorius got the win going an inning of relief allowing a run on two hits.
Yough started for Karns City and was strong through eight innings before reaching 100 pitches. He allowed three runs on 10 hits while striking out three.
Jewart took the loss. The third Moniteau pitcher, he threw 1 ⅓ innings allowing two runs on two hits and three walks.
Hunter Fitzingo started and pitched six innings giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out 11.
Chance Nagy couldn’t get the save giving up a run on four hits while striking out one in 1 ⅓ innings.
In addition to the winning hit and being the winning pitcher, Pistorius had the best day at the dish for Karns City as well going 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
Blair added a 2-for-4 day with a double and a run scored with Riley going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI and Weckerly going 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
Nathan Sosigian was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Moniteau with Jewart going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Geibel was also 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
The two teams will meet again at Kelly Automotive Park in the District 5-9 Semifinals Thursday, May 24.
CRANBERRY 10, A-C VALLEY 2
SENECA, Pa. – In the first of two games against two different opponents at home, Cranberry knocked off A-C Valley, 10-2.
Brandon Forrest, Tommy Flinspach and Hunter O’Neill each had a pair of RBIs in the victory.
Forrest was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Flinspach was 2-for-3 and O’Neill was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Shay Harry was also 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Berries, while Adam Smerkar walked three times, drove in a run and scored twice and Trevor Gladin also added two runs scored.
Flinspach got the win going seven innings allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six.
Tony Thompson was 3-for-4 with a run scored for A-C Valley with Levi Orton going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Luke Whitcomb took the loss allowing five unearned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one in 1 ⅔ innings of work.
CRANBERRY 12, KEYSTONE 3
SENECA, Pa. – Completing a perfect day for itself and for its coach, Pat Irwin in family bragging rights, Cranberry beat Keystone 12-3.
The win gave Irwin wins over his uncle Dewey’s coached A-C Valley squad and the school that his dad, Bill, is the athletic director at, Keystone.
Harry, Gladin and Flinspach each had two RBIs in the victory with Harry going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, Gladin 1-for-4 with a double and three runs scored and Flinspach 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Trevin Chittester was also 2-for-4 with an RBI for Cranberry with Matt Weaver going 2-for-2 with an RBI, O’Neill 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored and Forrest drawing a walk and scoring twice.
Gladin got the win going five innings allowing an unearned run on four hits while striking out nine. Smerkar pitched an inning giving up two unearned runs on a hit and two walks while striking out one and Forrest threw a scoreless seventh walking one and striking out one.
Dawson Steele was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for Keystone. Alex Rapp was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Brooks LaVan added an RBI.
LaVan took the loss allowing 10 runs, five earned, on six hit, four walks and a hit batter while striking out one in 3 ⅓ innings. Steele pitched 2 ⅔ innings giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out one.
BROOKVILLE 4, DUBOIS 2
BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Dane Lyle allowed four hits over 5 2/3 innings as Brookville beat DuBois, 4-2, at McKinley Field.
Lyle walked three and struck out two before Seth Dunkle finished out the game for a four-out save. Dunkle walked one and struck out one.
Aaron Park singled in a run in the first inning and scored runs in the third and sixth innings. Lyle drew a bases-loaded walk and Cole Labenne’s sacrifice fly in the third inning put the Raiders up for good at 3-1. Park scored an unearned run in the sixth, racing home from third on a wild pitch.
Garrett Starr singled twice for the Beavers. Eric Schneider singled with one out and scored on a two-out error to get DuBois within 3-2 in the sixth.
Dylan McCluskey, Jeremy Krise and Chandler Ho pitched for the Beavers. McCluskey pitched into the third inning, giving up the first three Raiders runs to take the loss.
BRADFORD 1, PUNXSUTAWNEY 0
BRADFORD, Pa. – Behind Adam Boyer’s two-hit shutout, Bradford topped visiting Punxsutawney, 1-0.
Boyer walked four and hit a batter while also striking out one in seven innings. He needed 101 pitches for the shutout.
Bradford scored the game’s lone run in the fifth when Isaac Gralak opened the inning with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Patrick Caskey. He then went to third on a wild pitch and scored when the throw to third was wild.
Logan Johnston suffered the loss going 4 ⅔ innings allowing one run on two hits and four walks while striking out five in 4 ⅔ innings. Isaac Stouffer pitched 1 ⅓ scoreless allowing a hit while striking out two.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 4, Brockway 3
ST. MARYS, Pa. – A bases-loaded hit by a pitch and a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth helped Elk County Catholic rally past Brockway, 4-3.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Tyler Serafini hit Dan Wimer to force home the tying run and then walked Brennen Klawuhn to force home the go-ahead run.
Alec Wehler was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI for ECC with Wimer going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Wehler got the win going two innings in relief allowing an unearned run on a hit and two walks and striking out one. Taylor Boland started and went five innings allowing two unearned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight.
Zane Puhala had a pair of RBIs for Brockway with Cam Baka going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Baka took the loss giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and five walks while striking out five in 5 ⅔ innings. Serafini walked two and a hit a batter in a ⅓ of an inning.
CLARION 5, NORTH CLARION 3
FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Spencer Miller had two hits and scored three runs, and winning pitcher Cam Craig had a pair of RBIs to lead Clarion to a 5-3 win at North Clarion.
Miller was 2-for-3 with a walk, while Craig was 1-for-3 with a two-run single and also threw a complete game allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two.
Tyler Wolbert had a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored for North Clarion.
Matt Higgins was also 2-for-4 for the Wolves.
Zander Hargenrader took the loss going five innings allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out five.
Sterling Conner, who added an RBI doubles, two walks and a run scored, talked about the win.
UNION 12, FOREST AREA 0, 5 INNINGS
TIONESTA, Pa. – Isaac Yoder tossed a two-hit shutout and also drove in four runs to lead visiting Union to a 12-0, five-inning win over Forest Area at West Forest.
Yoder went five innings walking two and striking out six. He was also 2-for-3 with a walk and the four RBIs at the plate.
Clayton Marsh added a 2-for-2 day with two walks, two RBIs and four runs scored for the Golden Knights with Hunter Johnston going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Zachary Flick drove in three runs as well, Lukas Salvo had a double and Lucas Bowser and Luke Bowser each scored twice.
Dillon DiCorpo and Bobby Dittman had hits for Forest Area.
Chris Pedersen took the loss giving up five runs on five hits and five walks in two innings of work.
OSWAYO VALLEY 14, SMETHPORT 2, 5 INNINGS
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. – Gunner Bean drove in four runs to help Oswayo Valley to move to 15-1 on the year with a 14-2, five-inning win over visiting Smethport.
Bean was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the defending District 9 Class 1A champion, who has won two of the last three D9 1A titles and has been to the title game three straight years.
Gage Babcock hit a home run for the Green Wave while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, Camden Graves was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Garren Black was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Gavin Babcock was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, Jacob Karr was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Ryan Graves was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, Theo Henry had two RBIs and a run scored and Carter Steadman walked twice, had an RBI and scored two runs.
Black got the win allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk while striking out five in four innings. Karr pitched a scoreless inning striking out two.
Orion Alexis was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for Smethport with Blake Kinner adding a double and a run scored.
Grant Ognen took the loss going 3 ⅓ innings allowing 14 runs, 10 earned, on 12 hits and two walks while striking out one.
OTTO-ELDRED 6, PORT ALLEGANY 2
PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Chase Sebastian was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs to help visiting Otto-Eldred to a 6-2 win over Port Allegany.
Jacob Merry was also 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs for the Terrors, while Andrew Sheeler walked twice and scored twice.
Otto-Eldred opened up a 3-2 game with three runs in the top of the seventh.
David Talkington and Montgomery Tanner had RBIs for Port Allegany.
Sawyer Drummond got the win going six innings allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out 12. Cole Sebastian went an inning allowing a hit and striking out one.
Talkington took the loss going 6 ⅓ innings before reaching 100 pitches. He gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits and four walks while striking out nine. Ethan Sprankle gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in ⅔ of an inning.
COUDERSPORT 8, CAMERON COUNTY 1
COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Elliott Hite was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to help Coudersport to an 8-1 win over visiting Cameron County.
Josh Stevens was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Falcons with Blake Burgett going 2-for-2 with a run scored and Kullen Crosby going 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Shea Moore was 2-for-3 for Cameron County with Jard Whiting scoring the run.
Blake Burgett went four scoreless innings allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six. Kolby VanWhy went two scoreless striking out three, Hite pitched ⅔ of an inning allowing an unearned run on a walk while striking out one and Crosby pitched a ⅓ of an inning walking one.
Adam Shaffer took the loss going three innings giving up six runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out four.